Photography Workshop/Tours for 2015

Photography Workshop/Tours for 2015

Bay Bridge Sunset

If you want to photograph beautiful San Francisco, or waterfalls on nearby Mt Tamalpais, or the rugged coastline and wildlife of Point Reyes then you need to join me on my one day excursions. They’re a lot of fun, there’s a lot to see and there’s a lot to learn. To see sample images from Point Reyes, click here

rdwdsIf you’re more adventurous and like to travel then I have a workshop in the majestic Giant Redwoods on northern California’s rugged coast. We also visit just over the border into southern Oregon for some fantastic scenery along the coastal areas. For sample images from this workshop, click here…

Later in the year I will be offering additional workshops in the northern Oregon and Washington areas – stay tuned for more info on these stunningly beautiful locales.

Tranquil StreamIn the fall I offer a one week course in the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains. There you will be enthralled by the colorful changes to the Aspen and Cottonwood trees as Autumn works its magic. Additionally we will visit the Bristlecone Pines in the nearby White Mountains. At over 11,000 feet elevation the terrain is hostile yet the Bristlecones are over 5000 years old! We finish at the base of Mt Whitney in its majesty as the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states.

So if you’re looking for a great experience with a seasoned photographer and guide, check out my offerings. With small groups of no more than 6 people you’ll enjoy a more intimate and flexible experience.

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"Walk-A-Bout" at the San Francisco Zoo

"Walk-A-Bout" at the San Francisco Zoo

On Wednesdays I offer a Walk A Bout at the San Francisco Zoo. Not only is the Zoo ALWAYS a fun place but it gives me a chance to introduce myself to folks who may be interested in learning a bit about photographing animals as well as maybe taking future workshops with me.

But is far more than that…as much as I would rather have the animals be free in the wild, where else could you get such a closeup view of their magnificence?

Case in point, I suggest that after you get the image you “need” to get (usually the whole animal) put on a longer lens and really explore the beauty in front of you. _H2L0318 I love the plumage on the many birds, some of whom casually walk around as you do in the park. Forget about the whole of the animal, zoom into the patterns, shapes, textures and colors. Even the skin texture of a Rhino or Hippo can be fascinating.

Take a look at some of my examples here which I hope you’ll enjoy.

Just remember, be conscientious and don’t cause undue stress on these magnificent creatures, they truly are gifts for us to behold.

News! I am the Group Leader NANPA's (North American Nature Photography Association) Meetup Group

News! I am the Group Leader NANPA's (North American Nature Photography Association) Meetup Group

IMG_1003.JPGRecently NANPA began expanding their Meetup.com group to Northern California. I threw my hat in the ring as it were and got lucky. So now we have the NANPA San Francisco Meetup Group!
We held our first “Meetup” at Treasure Island in the middle of San Francisco Bay on Nov 21st where we photographed the holiday lighting ceremony of the City’s buildings along the waterfront. There were so many rsvp’s I’m holding a second event on December 5th with even more attendees. Images taken by the group can be seen here
Future events will include instruction in wildlife photography and various other topics related to nature photography.
Join our Meetup Group you don’t have to be NANPA member, however you may want to join after you’ve come out to few events!
NANPA is a great organization which provides all kinds resources and information to their members (and non-members too). If your are a nature photographer and are interested in more information about NANPA check out their website here

BTW…if you’re reading this and are not in the San Francisco Bay Area there is likely A NANPA Meetup group in your area check out Meetup.com
Cheers!

John

The Zoo – a great place to practice!

The Zoo – a great place to practice!

Tiger eyes

The Tiger’s Eyes

The other day I took a client to the San Francisco Zoo to practice  photographing animals. My client has an upcoming trip to Africa and will be taking a photo safari. Since it is a once in a life time event for him he was looking for tips on how to be the most effective he could be.

African Crane

African Crane Crown Plumage

I covered the various concepts and techniques with him and we had a great time. To name just a few….

  • Fill the frame
  • Focus on the eyes
  • Concentrate on particular attributes of the animal
  • Use a fast shutter speed (high ISO if needed to increase shutter speed)
African Crane

African Crane Plumage

In addition to his practicing, I was able to squeak out a few of my own images that you see here. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do every time I’m at the zoo.

If you’d like to join me for a few hours and pick up some tips visit my website under the “Workshops” tab. The tabs are on the right of this screen.

Join me! I go to the San Francisco Zoo most Wednesdays where I hold a Free Camera Walk!!!!!

Cheers!

 

When nature gives you lemons…make lemonade!

When nature gives you lemons…make lemonade!

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I made this image while conducting one of my photography workshops yesterday at Point Reyes National Seashore. Although I had planned a sunset shot sometimes fog on the horizon nixes what can be a great moment. However all is not lost. Instead you can change your concept during the image taking process and envision it as a dramatic black & white. This was a 30 second exposure using a 10 stop ND filter. I used a limited application of contrast adjustment using dodge & burn techniques. A final step was to add a little vignetting. Keeping detail in the rocks with a smooth silky water was my plan.

I’ll file this in the “When nature gives you lemons, then make lemonade!” category….

Be sure to check my workshop listings for updates on this and other opportunities to learn how to make great images.  Workshop listings…

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Yesterdays Presidio & Palace of Fine Arts Workshop

Yesterdays Presidio & Palace of Fine Arts Workshop

 Gate Bridge near Ansel's view

Sunset Golden Gate Bridge from near Baker Beach San Francisco

Yesterdays “one-on-one” workshop in San Francisco with alumni and friend John S. from New Mexico proved to be yet another stunning photographic experience. While I normally don’t take my “own” photos while doing a workshop, John didn’t mind, so while he was exploring his creativity I had the opportunity to ‘snag’ a couple of my own. Another angle of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Cormorants Dolphins Sunset San Francisco

Of cormorants and passing dolphins

Also a sunset with cormorants drying the wings and if you look close, a pair of dolphins to the right of the rock. I elected to go B&W as the sunset was almost boring yet very colorful indeed. Of Note: The Bay Bridge has activated the cable lights! Give me a shout if you’re interesting in coming along for my next SF workshop and I will take you to my “spots” for a view of this mesmerizing light show.